More than 60 Democrats defy White House, vote for Obamacare security transparency bill

posted at 8:01 pm on January 10, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

Yet another anti-Obamacare vote that’s far more bipartisan than the original vote for Obamacare. The Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act is a short and sweet piece of legislation, whcih requires the department of Health and Human Services to reveal security breaches of HealthCare.gov to the public within two days of their occurrence.

The White House deems this requirement, ahem, overly burdensome in the paperwork department.

Democrats are calling the House’s bill little more than a messaging bill, but it deals with a pretty clear problem in federal law— while the feds require all kinds of private entities to quickly report their security breaches, the government itself is apparently allowed to build a website out of popsicle sticks and old Trident, vulnerable to all kinds of hacking, and never tell you your information may have been violated. And, what you don’t know can hurt you, in this case. Mark down 67 Democrats on board with this dastardly message:

The House passed the Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act, H.R. 3811, in a 291-122 vote. Sixty-seven Democrats voted for the bill, ignoring arguments from party leaders that the bill was a “messaging” vote meant to discourage people from signing up for insurance.

The one-sentence bill says that no later than two business days after any security breach on an ObamaCare site is discovered, “the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide notice of such breach to each individual.” Republicans said that under current law, the government is not required to notify people if their information is put at risk.

“It may shock some people to learn that there is no legal requirement that the Department of Health and Human Services notify an individual if his or her personal information is breached or improperly accessed through the Affordable Care Act’s exchanges,” said Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.).

The White House said it opposed the bill, arguing the government already has plans to tell people if their information has been compromised.

By the way, someone’s finally been fired for the HealthCare.gov debacle. Goodbye, CGI:

The Obama administration terminated its contract Friday with CGI Federal, the contractor who built healthcare.gov.

The site experienced overwhelming problems over the first several weeks of its existence. In CGI’s place, the Post says that the White House is preparing to sign a year-long contract with Accenture worth $90 million to take over operations of the site.

The Post says that CGI’s contract was due to expire at the end of February.

So, it’s yet another “well, this person was kind of leaving anyway, and now they’re gonna leave a couple weeks earlier” firings. Those are so gutsy. I wonder if CGI will get paid leave and a pension, too.

Say hello to Accenture, one of only a handful of federal contractors incorporated in a tax haven country— first Bermuda, and now they’re in Ireland after a Democratic crackdown.

Many … companies have said taxes were a reason behind the move but have also emphasized other strategic reasons for the changes.

Such moves could help companies preserve the tax benefits they had in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, while using Switzerland or Ireland’s tax treaties with the U.S. to protect them from possible adverse legislation, according to tax experts who have advised companies on the moves. Bermuda imposes no corporate income tax. Switzerland has a corporate income tax, but doesn’t levy it on profits earned by subsidiaries overseas. Ireland also has a corporate income tax but doesn’t impose it on various intracompany transactions, thus making the tax relatively easy to avoid, say tax professionals.

Over the years, various pieces of U.S. antitax-haven legislation specifically targeted countries that don’t have tax treaties with the U.S., such as Bermuda. That could put companies incorporated in countries that do have tax treaties with the U.S. — such as Ireland — in a better position, according to tax experts who have consulted on such moves.

In 2001, Accenture reorganized from a partnership to a public company and incorporated in Bermuda. Mr. McAvoy said that Accenture was never incorporated in the U.S., has no corporate headquarters, and added: “Accenture has always paid its taxes in the countries where the income is generated.” The switch to Ireland still must be approved by the company’s shareholders; a vote is expected in the next three to four months.

Way to live those values, Barack.


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Mid-terms coming up, or something?

bernzright777 on January 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

The White House deems this requirement, ahem, overly burdensome in the paperwork department.

I wonder how many times he used that excuse at Harvard.

Flange on January 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM

The White House said it opposed the bill, arguing the government already has plans to tell people if their information has been compromised.

Did they pinky-swear?

Bitter Clinger on January 10, 2014 at 8:16 PM

So Obama doesn’t like security???

Lets ask Ambassador Stevens…

Electrongod on January 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

The one-sentence bill says that no later than two business days after any security breach on an ObamaCare site is discovered, “the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall provide notice of such breach to each individual.”

How many Ds read it? lol

CoffeeLover on January 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

This will fail in the Senate and then 67 Democrats will be able to have a bone to throw to their constituents during the next election cycle.

Nothing to see here.

Walter L. Newton on January 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Electrongod on January 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

waving

CoffeeLover on January 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

I wonder if CGI will get paid leave and a pension, too.

You bet my bottom dollar.. and yours, and hers, and his, and Allah’s… and….

upinak on January 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

House Dems ignore the party and vote for transparency on Obamacare. Senate Dems about to vote a veto-proof majority for new sanctions against Iran……

It’s as if Obama has nothing to offer candidates up for re-election in 2014.

Happy Nomad on January 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Health Exchange Security and Transparency Act is a short and sweet piece of legislation, whcih requires the department of Health and Human Services to reveal security breaches of HealthCare.gov to the public within two days of their occurrence.

And when HHS doesn’t comply then … nothing will happen.

I’m 100% eeyore at this point. DOJ is the law. The rest is a farce and a put on.

BoxHead1 on January 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

I’m from the Federal Government and I will tell you when and how your privacy has been breached. Signed: BHO

Rovin on January 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

“Boss Tweed” Harry Reid will never let it come to the floor of the Senate to be voted on.

sadatoni on January 10, 2014 at 8:20 PM

I used my debit card at a Target store and before it even hit the news I had an email from my bank that warned me that my account could be compromised and that they were watching accounts carefully. The government would take until next September or so to even admit something happened, form an investigative committee to see what it was, have lawmakers testify about what they knew and when they knew it and blame the other party for causing it to happen, them produce a report with recommendations about how to avoid it happening again.

scalleywag on January 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

This is the same Federal Government that hired Snowden…

Electrongod on January 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

McCurdy told TheBlaze he began the process in October and completed it on Dec. 23 — or so he thought. It turns out, only he and his wife are currently insured, not his four children, due to a snafu that appears to have originated on the federal end.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/10/dad-furious-after-he-switches-to-obamacare-only-to-find-it-wont-cover-his-children/

davidk on January 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Not directly…but that makes it worse

Electrongod on January 10, 2014 at 8:23 PM

And when HHS doesn’t comply then … nothing will happen.

I’m 100% eeyore at this point. DOJ is the law. The rest is a farce and a put on.

BoxHead1 on January 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Exactly. They could give two squirts of owl poop about the law.

davidk on January 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Anderson Consulting aka Accenture is a real firm capable of fixing ObamaCare.

This is big.

faraway on January 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

And they need to defy Obysmal on his refusal to continue sanctions against Iran.

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Anderson Consulting aka Accenture is a real firm capable of fixing ObamaCare.

This is big.

faraway on January 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

No they won’t. It is just kabuki. What will happen is most of the staff currently working for CGI will be hired by Accenture (incumbent employees) because to bring in a whole new crew will take months just to get up to speed on the code in place. New management, same staff basically. And seeing it’s a 12 month contract, Accenture will be fired in late “October” as a squirrel.

Not that CGI did anything wrong. In contracting, the company does whatever the program manager wants. What’s unusual in this program is that the Govt is both PM and Systems Integrator, whereas in all the other major IT programs, the SI is a contractor. If CGI was allowed to be the SI, OboobiCare.gov wouldn’t have anywhere near the problems it has now. But a SI is more or less technically oriented, rather than political, hence the Govt made itself the SI, so they could integrate the enterprise based on politics, ergo the fail.

AH_C on January 10, 2014 at 8:43 PM

My PA representative, Tim Murphy (R) notes that even today, HHS has not begun to comply with the necessary testing of security checks on ObysmalCare.
http://energycommerce.house.gov/press-release/new-documents-lack-testing-raise-concerns-about-security-healthcaregov

onlineanalyst on January 10, 2014 at 8:49 PM

This is mere grandstanding.Going nowhere in the Senate bouncing off Harry Reid’s titanium wall and bouncing into his circular file.

jeffinsjvca on January 10, 2014 at 9:47 PM

So how much did Accenture contribute to the Obama campaign?

As for the House Bill – try getting it past Dirty Harry.

GarandFan on January 10, 2014 at 10:09 PM

Does ResistWeMuch not comment here anymore? I haven’t had much time to get on, but I haven’t see her comments in a while.

hawkdriver on January 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Wrong thread.

hawkdriver on January 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Obamacare security transparency bill

The official Orwellian name for Obamacare is the ‘Affordable Health Care Act’.

Why is this admin now opposing the ‘Affordable Health Care Act Security Transparency Act’? They must think it really is about security transparency, or something.

farsighted on January 10, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Exactly. They could give two squirts of owl poop about the law.

davidk on January 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Hey, just like you with regard to biology, geology, astronomy and physics.

Bandit13 on January 10, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Does ResistWeMuch not comment here anymore? I haven’t had much time to get on, but I haven’t see her comments in a while.

hawkdriver on January 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Wrong thread.

hawkdriver on January 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

…that counts for every thread hawk!…she was on almost every thread…

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Does ResistWeMuch not comment here anymore? I haven’t had much time to get on, but I haven’t see her comments in a while.

hawkdriver on January 10, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Wrong thread.

hawkdriver on January 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

…correct thread…your question works here too!

KOOLAID2 on January 10, 2014 at 11:38 PM

How many Ds read it? lol

CoffeeLover on January 10, 2014 at 8:17 PM

winner!

cmsinaz on January 11, 2014 at 7:29 AM

Instead of something like ‘shall comply’ why not just put in ‘shall have all funding cut to HHS immediately upon non-compliance’?

Now THAT would get their attention.

ajacksonian on January 11, 2014 at 7:31 AM

So CGI got $300 million for a website that didn’t work? They also got millions from the states for the same crap! So,done needs to go to jail.

Say hello to Accenture, one of only a handful of federal contractors incorporated in a tax haven country— first Bermuda, and now they’re in Ireland after a Democratic crackdown.

Not too long ago, Obozo was lamenting at how horrible such practices were. Good times.

On Thursday, Obama’s team also cited an opinion piece by two tax analysts on CNN’s website that described how Marriott – and Romney, as the head of the hotel company’s audit committee – used a complex strategy to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes.

Patriot Vet on January 11, 2014 at 9:53 AM